Clifford O’Toole

August 2, 2018

obit O'Toole Clifford photoSept. 23, 1926 – July 29, 2018

Mass of Christian Burial for Clifford O’Toole, age 91 of Tyler, is Wednes­day, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. at St.Dionysius Catholic Church in Tyler. Visita­tion was Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler. Burial will be in St. Dionysius Catholic Cemetery in Tyler.
He died Sunday, July 29 at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements are pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at www. hartquistfuneral.com.
John Clifford O’Toole was born Sept. 23, 1926 to Clyde and Alice (Kings­borough) O’Toole in their farm home in Drammen Township near Lake Ben­ton. He was baptized at St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church in Lake Benton. He moved with his family to the Russell area, and in 1940 moved to the farm­stead east of Tyler, which became his home for over 50 years. He attended Ty­ler High School.
On Nov. 10, 1953 Clifford married Betty Lou Ort­mann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, Iowa. Their union was blessed with two children and 64 years of life together. The couple made their home on the O’Toole family farm, where they raised crops and livestock until retir­ing in 1992 and moving into Tyler. On Sunday, July 29, Clifford passed away peacefully at the Avera Sunrise Manor in Tyler at the age of 91 years, 10 months, and six days.
Clifford was a member of St. Dionysius Catho­lic Church in Tyler, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved all things farm-related, and enjoyed polka music and playing cards.
Clifford is lovingly re­membered by his wife Betty; their children, Lin­da (Larry) Dolan of Sar­tell, and Patrick (Brenda) O’Toole of Tyler; four grandchildren, Sean (Lisa) Dolan, Sr. Maria Laudem Gloriae Dolan SOLT, Kyle O’Toole and Ryan (Lynd­say) O’Toole; three great-grandchildren, Patrick, An­nabelle and Jack Dolan; two sisters, Arlene Maertens of Marshall, and Loretta (Francis) Haper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Doris Lewandows­ki, and brothers-in-law Donald Lewandowski and Donald Maertens.

Earl Klitzke

August 2, 2018

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Earl J. Klitzke, age 80, formerly of Lake Benton, died peacefully on Satur­day, July 28 at the Min­nesota Veterans Home in Luverne. Visitation was Tuesday, July 31, 4-7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Funeral service will be Wednesday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. at the church. Burial with mili­tary honors will follow at Diamond Lake Cemetery near Lake Benton. To view a video tribute or sign an online registry, please visit www.hartquistfuneral. com.
Earl Joseph Klitzke was born Dec. 26, 1937 to Earl and Delilah (Hanson) Klitzke in Pipestone. He was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and began his early education there. When he was a freshman in high school he moved to Lake Benton and lived on a farm with his foster parents, Gunnar and Delo­res Johansen. Earl was ac­tive in athletics, especially basketball and football. He graduated in 1957 and went on to attend a year at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota while continuing to work on the farm. On April 11, 1959 Earl was united in marriage to Joan Marlene Wodtke at Peace Church in Elkton, South Dakota. The couple made their first home seven miles north of Lake Benton. Earl farmed until Feb. 17, 1961 when he joined the U.S. Air Force. Earl served as a me­chanic and was stationed at Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts until his honorable discharge on Oct. 16, 1964. Upon his return from the service, the family moved to a farm just north of Verdi. Earl resumed farming and con­tinued to do so until 1986, when he and Joan moved to Norwood, where he worked as a custodian for Norwood Young America School District. One year later Earl went to work for Petersen Gravel, driving truck while also helping a local farmer part-time. Earl then became employed by MN-DOT, where he worked until his retirement in 2008. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in April 2010. In April 2014, Earl became a resident at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, where on Saturday, July 28, he died peacefully at the age of 80 years, seven months and two days.
Earl was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. He was also a member of the American Legion. Earl was a sports enthusiast and loved play­ing and following his fa­vorite teams, especially the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota Gophers, and attending his grandchildren’s events. He played fast-pitch softball for many years and en­joyed camping out at the lake in the summer.
Earl will be lovingly re­membered by his wife of 59 years, Joan; two chil­dren, Rick (Anita) Klitzke of White, South Dakota, and Karla (Timothy) An­derson of Elkton, South Dakota; five grandchildren, Justin (Jamie) Klitzke, Miranda (Benjamin) Deutz, Amber (Paul) Langner, Taylor(Lindsey) Anderson, and Abigail Anderson; five great-grandchildren, Halle and Emilee Duetz, Blakely and Gracyn Langner and Coen Anderson; his foster mother, Delores Johansen of Lake Benton; a brother, Leroy Klitzke of Greyball, Wyoming; two sisters, Carol and Cindy; foster sis­ters Diane (Donald) Evers, Gunvar (Randy) Dombeck, Lori Johansen and foster brother James (Linda) Jo­hansen. He was preceded in death by his parents Earl Klitzke and Delilah Struck; two brothers, Rob­ert and Dennis Klitzke; step-mother Vella Klitzke; and his foster father, Gun­nar Johansen.

Arlis Ploeger

August 2, 2018

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Arlis Sally (Johnson) Ploeger, age 70 of Wahpe­ton, North Dakota, passed away peacefully at her res­idence on Monday, July 30.
Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Grace Lutheran Church in Breckenridge, with visi­tation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Wahpeton.
Arlis Sally Johnson was born Jan. 16, 1948 in Tyler, one of two daughters born to Alvin and Hilda (Traut­man) Johnson. When Arlis was a child, she was bap­tized and confirmed at Im­manuel Lutheran Church and later graduated from Tyler High School in 1966. After receiving her diplo­ma, she attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Da­kota for a short time be­fore marrying her high school sweetheart, Randy Ploeger, at Immanuel Lu­theran Church on Nov. 26, 1966.
To establish their career, Arlis and Randy moved to Michigan and vari­ous other cities in South Dakota, and Minnesota, including Duluth, before making their home in Breckenridge, where they purchased Altstatt Snyder Drug in the 1980s. Arlis worked alongside her hus­band Randy at the drug store, but her true passion was her role as a devoted mother to her children, Lea, Jeffrey and Paula.
In 2003 Arlis and Randy moved across the river to Wahpeton, North Dakota and have since enjoyed their time traveling to Florida, southwest Arizo­na, Hawaii and numerous trips to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. When they weren’t traveling, Arlis could be found playing her grand piano that was gifted to her from Randy on the 35th anniversary of their first date. She was talent­ed in many ways; she was a wonderful mother, wife, and friend. Arlis played organ for over 55 years at various churches, includ­ing Grace Lutheran Church where she was currently an active member. At Grace Lutheran Church, she was a member of the L.W.M.L. group and the church’s quilting group. She had a huge heart and cherished any time spent with fam­ily.
Arlis will be deeply missed by her husband of 51 years, Randy Ploeger; her children, Lea (Brian) Hoellein of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jeffrey (Tonya) Ploeger of Breck­enridge, and Paula (Nicho­las) Owens of Rogers; her seven grandchildren, Jus­tin (Ashley) Hoellein, Amy Hoellein, Tanner Ploeger, Tristan Ploeger, Noah Owens, Elliot Owens and Olivia Owens; one great-grandchild, Logan Hoel­lein; and her sister, Lana Alderson of Holland.
Arlis was preceded in death by her parents Al­vin and Hilda (Trautman) Johnson.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home in Brecken­ridge.

Emmett Sik

August 2, 2018

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Emmett E. Sik, age 83 of Pipestone, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 24, at the Pipestone County Hos­pice House in Pipestone. A visitation was held Fri­day, July 27, 5-7 p.m. at Hartquist Funeral Home in Pipestone. Funeral service was held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. Interment will be at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Wilno. Arrange­ments were with Hartquist Funeral Home – Pipestone Chapel. To sign an online registry or view the full obituary, please visit www. hartquistfuneral.com.
Emmett Emil Sik was born Sept. 5, 1934 to Leo and Christina (Sadergesti) Sik at the Ivanhoe Region­al Hospital. Emmett lived on the family farm with his brothers and attended Hansonville Township Country School in Lincoln County until eighth grade. Emmett then began help­ing his father on the farm. Once he was old enough, Emmett began renting various farms in Hope Township and worked the land. In 1976, Emmett moved to Lake Benton. Emmett met Delores De­Schepper in 1977. He lived around Lake Benton until 1978, when he moved to Pipestone. Emmett began working as a maintenance worker for the City of Pip­estone from 1978 until his retirement in 1999. After his retirement, Emmett continued to stay busy by collecting scrap iron and chopping wood for those who needed it.
Emmett was brought to the Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 10, then was brought to the Pipestone County Hos­pice House on Wednesday, July 18. Emmett remained there until his death on Tuesday, July 24, at the age of 83 years, 10 months, and 19 days.
Emmett was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church in Pipestone, but frequent­ed the Catholic churches of Jasper and Woodstock until their closing. Em­mett was a hardworking man with a selfless heart. He never thought twice about helping an individu­al when they needed help. In his spare time Emmett enjoyed hunting deer and pheasant with his family members. The most im­portant thing to Emmett was the memories and times he was able to spend with his family and loved ones.
Emmett is survived by his three loving children, Lorraine Makyko of Tyler, Allan Sik of Tyler, and Cyn­thia (Lyle) Page of Sher­burn; four grandchildren, Russell Bauer, Eric Haken, Melissa Haken and Carissa Evens; six great-grandchil­dren, Mackenzie Bauer, Ethan Sik, Madison Hak­en, Morgan Haken, Isaac Evens and Emma Evens; and many other loving friends and family mem­bers. Emmett was preced­ed in death by his fiancée Delores DeSchepper; son Danny Sik; two brothers, Raymond and Eddie Sik; and his parents, Leo and Christina.

Collecting a bit of “automobilia”

July 27, 2018

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Scott Peterson is seated on one of the stools from former Russell business, Ike’s Recreation.

By Richard Siemers
Contributing writer

 
Cars and horses have always had a role in Scott Peterson’s life. Early on, horses filled the corral.
“For 20 years, since the late 1980s, early 1990s, we [Scott and his wife Michele] traded horses. I’d buy them, train them, break them, sell them. We sold them all over the country. It was a really tough job. That’s how we made our living.”
But, as Scott said, not everyone needs a horse and the business was slowing down…

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The search is on

July 27, 2018

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Calling all ‘skiver hunters! It is time to fan out once again to find the wooden æbleskiver. Each day between Wednesday, July 25 and Saturday, July 28, new clues will be posted on the electronic sign, as well as the Tyler Tribute and Æbleskiver Days Facebook pages. Clues will also be revealed each morning on KLOH Radio, Pipestone.
Follow the clues! The lucky person to discover the prize sphere will win $50 in Tyler Chamber Bucks…

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Æbleskiver week is here!

July 27, 2018

New times for parade and talent contest in 2018

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The annual salute to the town’s Danish heritage and æbleskivers has arrived. Æbleskiver Days events begin Friday, July 21 and will run through the weekend.
The celebration kicks off on Friday with the Æbleskiver Days Golf Tournament, a three-person best shot tournament, which begins with a 10 a.m. shotgun start at the Tyler Golf Club. A pool party with games is planned at the Tyler Swim­ming Pool, running from 6 to 8 p.m…

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Send off held for Johnson family

July 27, 2018

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Area residents gathered on the Danebod Lutheran Church campus Sunday morning to say farewell to Chris and Trina Johnson and family. Johnson has served the area as funeral director for Hartquist Funeral Services in Tyler and Lake Benton since 2004.

Pool party returns to 2018 ‘Skiver Days

July 27, 2018

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail. com

The workers at the Tyler Municipal Swim­ming Pool will be host­ing a pool party for everyone in the commu­nity on Friday evening, helping to kick off the Æbleskiver Days week­end. The crew will be hosting a picnic supper. Food will start at 5 p.m. and will be available for a free-will donation that will go toward buy­ing some equipment for the pool. Pool Man­ager Neil Witte said the fundraiser, as well as an upcoming fundraiser at the Lincoln County Fair, will continue to go to the pool slides that are on the wish list.
“So far we have raised $10,000 of the $45,000 needed for both in just one year’s time,” Witte said…

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Over 150 to attend Danebod Family Folk Camp next week

July 27, 2018

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Danebod Folk Camp returns to Tyler next week.

Over 150 people will gather at the historic Dane­bod Folk School next week for Danebod Folk Camp. Campers come from Tyler and other cities in Minne­sota, the states of Colora­do, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, as well as from Canada, to attend the an­nual family camp for all ages.
The camp has its roots in a folk school philosophy embracing informal, life­long education that was developed and champi­oned by N.F.S. Grundtvig, a 19th century Danish phi­losopher, poet, and clergy­man…

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